A story that speaks for itself:
"The New York Times
(see links below) on Thursday revealed the latest email-hider: Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
Mr. Carter was confirmed in February, and from the start used a private
account to correspond with aides about everything from legislation to
media appearances. He may well have discussed far more serious,
classified matters, but we don’t know. That’s because we must rely on
Mr. Carter’s word that he turned all his work correspondence over to the
Defense Department. Just as we must trust that Hillary Clinton didn’t
delete anything official from the private server she used as secretary
...it seems that Mr. Carter continued to use his private email account for
two full months after the news broke about Mrs. Clinton’s ether
escapades. So the defense secretary either a) doesn’t read the news; b)
thinks rules apply to him even less than they do Mrs. Clinton; or c)
felt the secrecy afforded was worth the risk of getting caught. It seems
Mr. Carter didn’t stop until White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough—who was watching the Hillary explosion—told him in May to cut it out...."
"...One irony of these scandals is that, in seeking to keep government
business secret from Americans, officials make it more available to
Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used private email accounts. She and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
also used email aliases, making it harder for Freedom of Information
Act filers to track down correspondence. Former Health and Human
Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius used private email. As did former Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris, who had three private accounts.
head of the Chemical Safety Board used a private account and didn’t
preserve the correspondence. High-ranking Justice Department
officials—including the former head of the criminal division—were off
the government grid. Disgraced former IRS official Lois Lerner used two off-reservation email addresses, as well as an internal instant-messaging service that didn’t archive conversations.
the folks at the top routinely break the rules, the folks lower down
figure they get to as well. Mrs. Clinton’s aides conducted business off
government servers. A former EPA official strategized over private email
with environmental groups about how to shut down the proposed Pebble
Mine in Alaska."
Much of this material, and more details and statistics, has come to light through government oversight reports and Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) actions. For more details, see:
And for more details of one particular case concerning former EPA administrator Michael Goo, see this editorial:
“I’ve been involved with EPA regulations for more than 25 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Jeff Holmstead,
a former EPA assistant administrator in the Bush Administration, says.
“It is remarkable that a senior official would use a private email
account to evade federal law and secretly give an outside group a seat
at the table when regulations are being developed.”
interlocutors here are environmental litigators and political insiders
who understand federal law. This may explain why they communicated with
Mr. Goo through his private Yahoo email. In a May 2011 email, the Sierra
Club’s John Coequyt says: “Attached is a memo I didn’t want to send in public.”